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Vol 21  No 7         20 October 2015

HSD Boys Head to All Ireland Hockey Tournament

Due to the success of the Senior Boys' Hockey team last year, this year's players have qualified for the All Ireland Schoolboys' Tournament in Ulster.  The tournament begins on 21 October and the final is on the 23.
In our group, we have the Ulster Champions, Sullivan Upper School, the Munster champions, Bandon Grammar School and the third ranked team in Ulster, Cookstown High School.  We have a very strong team and are looking forward to putting in a good performance, hopefully challenging for the title. Tweet Button 
By Peter Lynch

Leinster Team Selection - Hockey Success

Congratulations to Andrew Canning, Alistair Empey, Harry Lynch, and Jake Pillow who have been selected to represent The High School on the Leinster U16 hockey team.  We extend best wishes to all our pupils as they compete for interprovincial success at this age grade in November.
Mr P Fitzpatrick  

Halloween at The High School Dublin  

We are almost half-way through Christmas term already; much has been achieved.  Over the last nine weeks we enjoyed the success of our Junior Certificate results, the Outdoor TY trip, the Form 1 Outing to Larch Hill, a very productive Staff Training Day, our Open Evening plus much, much more.  We hope that everyone has a restful midterm break, and we will see you all again, bright and early on Monday, 2 November, to begin all over again! 

Ms Bergin, from the Home Economics department, is preparing pumpkins with her Form 2 pupils this week.  They will be used to decorate the foyer coming up to midterm.  Click on the video above to learn how to carve a pumpkin yourself!
Always be aware of the dangers of burning candles left unattended.  Young people are most likely to be injured at incidents involving fireworks and bonfires over the Halloween period.  For more information on keeping safe over the Halloween period, click here.

Looking for some chilling Halloween reading suggestions to keep you and yours occupied over midterm?  Just click on the image above for a list of suitably spooking reads and enjoy!


Celebration of Pupil Achievement 

This year's annual Parents' Evening and Prize Distribution event takes place this Wednesday, 21 October.   The guest speaker will be Mr Rory Montgomery (HSD 1971-77) Second Secretary- General Department of the Taoiseach.  Festivities begin at 8.00pm, but please be seated by 7.50pm.  You should have already received your invitations.  Please RSVP to the school office as soon as possible, by phone (01-4922611) or email:  We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate The High School's hard-working, dedicated pupils.  


Remembering Not to Forget - The Crocus Project

The Crocus Project is a programme in which the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland distributes flower bulbs to schools across the country.  On the 7 October, Form 4D planted a brown paper envelope full of bulbs outside the school,  as a conclusion to our history module on Auschwitz,  taught by Mrs Hutchinson Edgar.  The bulbs will grow into flowers, and by late January,  the front of our school will be dotted with yellow crocuses,  just in time for Holocaust Memorial Month. 


Friday Trad Session a Great Success


The first Friday Trad session got off to a great start.  Pupils on the tin whistle, learned a traditional Irish air called 'Eileen Aroon', while the fiddlers played an Irish jig called The Lilting Banshee.  It is not too late to join.  Click on the links above to learn the tune over midterm, and come for the next session in A1, on Friday 6 November.  Get practising!


Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 21 October

  • Parents' Evening and Prize Distribution 8.00pm

Friday 23 October

  • Form 6 Gaeltacht Trip
  • 'King Lear' at The Mill Theatre for Form 6
  • Non-Uniform Day
  • Half-day .School ends at 11.55am

Latest News from Green Schools

The next Green Schools meeting will take place on Thursday , 22 October at 8.30am.  See you there! 


Rugby - Leinster Success for Past Pupil

David Aspil, who you will remember as Captain of the HSD Senior Cup Team last year, is going from strength to strength in the world of sport.  Last month he played his first Senior Provincial game for Leinster A against Munster, a fine 


What's going on in the Art Room This Week?

Form 6 have been busy doing charcoal Still Life drawings with Ms Killane.  While Ms Rogers's Form 2 class have been adding the finishing touches to their lino print projects.


And look at the wonderful results! Pupil artwork will be on display at Wednesday's Parents' and Prize Distribution Evening here at The High School.


European Youth Parliament

Congratulations to all the TY and Form 5 pupils who participated in this year's European Youth Parliament (Dublin Session) at St Michael's College, Ballsbridge recently.  


DSPCA Bake Sale 

As part of their CSPE class, 3J organised a bake sale on Friday last.  All proceeds were in aid of the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA). Thanks to all the mums and dads etc. who helped in the provision of the delicious fare. 


Senior Drama At The High School Dublin

This seasonal and spooky version of Dracula thrilled and terrified audiences over its three night run. Watch this fun video montage at your peril!  Tweet Button  


Nominated World Player of the Year Visits HSD


Last week, Senior pupils were treated to a talk by  DCU’s Rugby Development Officer, Sophie Spence, who has been shortlisted for the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year 2015.  


Maths Week at HSD


To mark this year’s “Maths Week” which took place from 10-18 October, each First Form Maths class took part in a fun Maths/Orienteering crossover event on the Hockey pitches, organised by their teachers. 


Pink Pins, Ribbons and Pens

The Library Committee have been selling pink ribbon, pins and pens in the library and outside the Reynolds Hall during break and lunchtime this week and last, to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pins and ribbons are €2, pens are €4.  
By Nathan Hutchinson Edgar, Head of the Library Committee.


Starting the Day in a Musical Way 

We are very lucky to regularly start our day at The High School to the sound of music, played by or very talented and dedicated young musicians.  At assembly, this week we enjoyed a double bass duet and a brass ensemble.  


Senior Film Club 

Film Club for Seniors is now showing the perfect movie to get you into the Halloween spirit: Tim Burton's 'Corpse Bride'.  So join Ms Lyons in The Loft, (above the stage!) for fun and frights, Mondays and Thursdays,  during senior lunch.   All students are very welcome! 


HSD Boys' Basketball 

The High School U16 basketball team went to UCD to play Marion College.  The High School team lost 62-44 but played very well.  There were great performances from Haris Webster, Sam Cosgrove and Adam O'Rourke.


HSD Form 1 Girls' Hockey 

1st Years v Kings Hospital away - 1 win and 1 loss on Wednesday 14 October. The 1st Years had a great trip away to Kings Hospital.  


Senior XV Rugby - Superb Victory 

The Senior XV took on St Patrick's Classical School on Wednesday, 14 October 2015, with a superb victory that demonstrated the team's talent...  


This Week's HSD Fixtures and Training